Africa Rising explores an overview of the social and cultural movements spurring on some of Africa’s most progressive creative scenes. Published by Gestalten, Africa Rising also charts the continent’s increasing international influence –looking at the full spectrum of design, fashion and lifestyle. Ghana is featured as one of five emerging art markets to take notice of within the continent; Gallery 1957 is praised for its launch as one of the very first commercial galleries in Ghana dedicated to contemporary art. Africa Rising is published by Gestalten and will be released on September 15, 2016.
Gallery 1957 was a proud partner of this year’s edition of Chale Wote Street Art Festival, Spirit Robot. Founded by Mantse Aryeequaye and Sionne Neely of ACCRA [dot] ALT, the festival creates life for art, music, dance and performance on the streets of James Town, Accra’s oldest urban fishing community. Free and open to the public, Chale Wote helps create a wider audience for the arts, breaking boundaries to provide access to culture for people from all walks of life. Spirit Robot included a performance by Serge Attukwei Clottey and GoLokal entitled Practical Common Sense, as well as a new installation by Yaw Owusu and a performance by Elisabeth Efua Sutherland. For the first time, the festival included a full week of activities and Gallery 1957 hosted screenings of Blitz the Ambassador’sDiasporadical Trilogìa and Sandra Krampelhuber’s Accra Power. Keep updated on ACCRA [dot] ALT’s activities by visiting accradotaltradio.com, and following ACCRA [dot] ALT on twitter. Photo: Kobe Subramaniam
Ahead of the opening of Jeremiah Quarshie’s first solo exhibition, Yellow is the Colour of Water - opening at Gallery 1957 on Friday 19 August – Artsy spoke with Quarshie, and the shows curator Robin Riskin to discuss the works and their collaboration. Quarshie elaborates on his relationship with other local artists, and the importance of the dialogue he has with the community as a whole on his practise. This interest in the community is expressed in the multi-site installations that form Yellow is the Colour of Water; Quarshie has installed sculptures at Tema Station Lorry Park and Kotoka International Airport, locations which mark the movement of people in a bid to parallel the flow of water across a city. To read the full article, please click here.
Chale Wote Street Art Festival, produced by ACCRA [dot] ALT, celebrated this year’s festival with a full week of activities in collaboration with six Accra galleries, alongside the annual performances on the streets of James Town, Accra, which took place from 15 – 21 August 2016. Gallery 1957 was a proud partner of this year’s festival. On Wednesday 17 August, 6 – 9pm, Gallery 1957 hosted a screening of Blitz Ambassador’s series of music films entitled Diasporadical Trilogìa, followed by an informal Q+A with Kobby Graham, Blitz and the audience. Later that night saw the premiere screening of ACCRA POWER, featuring Gallery 1957 artist Serge Attukwei Clottey. Sandra Krampelhuber, the director of the film, was also in attendance to answer the audiences’ questions. The week also included the opening reception for Jeremiah Quarshie’s exhibition, Yellow Is The Colour Of Water, at the gallery on 19 August.
We are delighted to be featured in Blouin Modern Painter’s 2016 issue of ‘500 Best Galleries Worldwide’ in our inaugural year, alongside a number of other incredible galleries. It has been a busy year so far for Gallery 1957, with even more exciting projects upcoming for the rest of the year.
Keep an eye on forthcoming projects by checking this page for the news, and see upcoming exhibitions here.
Founding Director Touria El Glaoui speaks about 1:54 art fair and chairs a panel discussion exploring practices in collecting contemporary African art. Speakers include: Tutu Agyare (Collector and Co-Founder of Nubuke Foundation); Professor Ablade Glover (Artist and Founder of Artists Alliance Gallery); Kerryn Greenberg (Tate Modern, Curator - International Art); and Marwan Zakhem (Collector and Founder of Gallery 1957). With editions in London and New York, 1:54 is a platform for galleries, artists, curators, art centres and museums involved in African and Africa related projects and aims to promote art by established and emerging talents amongst an international audience. To attend, RSVP here.
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair has announced the galleries exhibiting in the fourth edition of the London fair, taking place in Somerset House from 6 – 9 October. The fair, which has editions annually both in London and New York, has generated enormous global discussions on Contemporary African Art over the four years since its inception. Gallery 1957 will be presenting a solo booth of works by Serge Attukwei Clottey, one of seventeen new galleries debuting at this year’s show.
For more information read the press release here
Mantse Aryeequaye from ACCRA [dot] alt describes the impact of recent cultural developments in Accra on the artistic community. With an overview of the key institutions harboring local talent, Artsy explores how the championing of local artists has widened public perceptions of art in the country.
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In this in depth survey of Gallery 1957 and its associated artists, this article explores the birthplace of numerous international favorites including El Anatsui and Ibrahim Mahama. While African art is growing in prominence on international platforms, African art scenes are demanding more attention also.
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In this article, TRUE Africa interviews Gallery founder Marwan Zakhem, Creative Driector Nana Oforiatta Ayim and Gallery 1957 artist Zohra Opoku. The piece explores the impact of Accra and the region on the artistic practice of Ghanaian German artist Zohra Opoku; and in turn, what impact Gallery 1957 has on the creative scene in Accra several months after its opening.
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Co-Founder of ACCRA [dot] ALT Mantse Aryeequaye discusses the organisation’s work and The Chale Wote Street Art Festival. Attended by over 10,000 people, the festival provides an alternative platform that brings together over 200 artists across art, music, dance and performance in James Town, Accra. To attend, RSVP here.
In August, Jeremiah Quarshie will be exhibiting a series of large-scale hyper-realistic portraits in an exhibition which comments on the implications of the enduring water-shortage in Ghana. Yellow is the Colour of Water will be Quarshie’s first solo show. The portraits depict women, surrounded by yellow jerry cans; Quarshie is concerned with the gender roles in the community “traditional roles have been modernized but maintained, in a way” he explains.
Read more from Quarshie’s recent interview with Blouin Art info here.